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October 1960

A Dermatologist Excoriates Bits of World Literature and Even Smaller Bits of Music

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Arch Dermatol. 1960;82(4):551-564. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.01580040069013

Many dermatologists are interested in the vivid portrayal of diseases of the skin in the graphic arts and in sculpture.1 There has been some interest, but not as much, in the more difficult task of the equally narrowminded search for dermatology in the written word. Unfortunately, there will be only a superficial removal, without censure, of material from various forms of world literature, and even a more superficial excoriation of some phases of music, especially modern music. Although the desire of this dermatologist is to know something about that which may be called, popularly, nondermatologic culture in literature and music, yet through training as a technician and shallow superficial interests, and an inadequate knowledge of many languages, including English, according to many editors, he is eminently unqualified to attempt this task. It is of interest, of course, to read what literary men have thought about diseases of skin in

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